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Elephant Moraine 96008
Basic information Name: Elephant Moraine 96008
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: EET 96008
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1996
Country: Antarctica [Collected by US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET)]
Mass:help 53 g
Classification
  history:
Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter:  AMN 21(1)  (1998)  Lunar (basaltic breccia)
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 82  (1998)  Lunar-basaltic
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  Lunar (basalt)
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  Lunar (basalt)
Recommended:  Lunar (basalt)    [explanation]

This is 1 of 19 approved meteorites classified as Lunar (basalt).   [show all]
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Writeup from AMN 21(1):

Sample No.:

EET96008

Location:

Elephant Moraine

Dimensions (cm):

4.5x3.5x1.5

Weight (g):

52.97

Meteorite Type:

Lunar Basaltic Breccia

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Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride
50% of this meteorite is covered by a black glassy fusion crust. Areas that lack fusion crust appear virtually unweathered. The fusion crust is very thinly distributed over the surface of the rock. The matrix is fine grained, medium gray with numerous inclusions. These inclusions are white, light gray and tan and are angular and subangular in shape. Metal and rust are not visible. This is a brecciated basalt, possibly lunar in origin.

Thin Section (,4) Description: Brian Mason
EET96008 - Cross-Polarized LightThe section shows a microbreccia of pyroxene and plagioclase clasts, up to 1.2 mm across; traces of nickel-iron and sulfide are present, as small scattered grains. Microprobe analyses show that most of the pyroxene ranges from Wo11Fs31 to Wo40 Fs18, with a few more iron-rich grains; plagioclase composition is An93-96. A few olivine grains of variable composition, Fa41-64, were analyzed. Fe/Mn in pyroxene is about 70. The meteorite is a lunar basaltic breccia.

Data from:
  MB82
  Table A1
  Line 38:
Origin or pseudonym:Meteorite City
Mass (g):53
Class:Lun-B
Weathering grade:A
Fayalite (mol%):41-64
Ferrosilite (mol%):18-53
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References: Published in Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter 21(1) (1998), JSC, Houston
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 82, MAPS 33, A221-A240 (1998)
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Photos from the Encyclopedia of Meteorites:
Dr Carlton Allen, JSC-KT, NASA      
From NASA photo S97-08673   
Geography:

Antarctica
Coordinates:
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (76° 11'S, 157° 10'E)
     Recommended::   (76° 11'S, 157° 10'E)

Statistics:
     This is 1 of 39173 approved meteorites from Antarctica (plus 5051 unapproved names)
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